Architect Amin Taha has restored this Grade II-listed vicarage in Cornwall, blending old Victorian features with new.
Crowan dates back to 1880. The main home was originally designed by JP St Aubyn, a church architect who worked in the Gothic Revival style popular in the late 19th century. Taha – who trained under Zaha Hadid before eventually setting up studio Groupwork – has restored the building’s existing features while bringing it into the 21st century.
The house clocks in at over 5,000 sq ft and is set across three levels. Shared living spaces fill the ground floor, including a dramatic double-height dining hall and two linked reception rooms with period fireplaces.
While the entrance hall, library and six bedrooms all feel steeped in history, the kitchen is a new addition: the timber structure features a pitched glass roof and leads onto a private corner of the garden.
Crowan is on the market via The Modern House for £1.75m – and offers a lot of bang for your buck. Beyond the main home, there are three further dwellings set within the estate’s five-acre grounds, including the Gardener’s Cottage, Coach House and Woodman’s Cottage.
The largest cottage is arranged over two levels and contains two bedrooms, while the other two comprise a single living area combining kitchen, living room and sleeping zone. All are lined with birch-ply and have underfloor heating, ready to be used as holiday lets or guesthouses.
Crowan’s house and gardens are within in lush surrounds that include a walled garden, a woodland, and an ornamental pond (now a swimming pond) fed by a tributary of the River Hayle.